Clifford Smith Version: “West African advanced fee” or “419” Email Scam

This is another version of the Nigerian email scam, now being sent out by “Clifford Smith”.

Read more about the history of this scam.

MR. CLIFFORD SMITH
JOHANNESBURG
SOUTH AFRICA

Courtesy of business opportunity, I take liberty anchored on strong desire
to solicit for your assistance on this mutual beneficiary and risk free
transaction with you, which I hope you give urgent attention. To be precise,

I am MR. CLIFFORD SMITH Senior manager of SASFIN BANK Limited
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.

In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$ 25.5 Million
(Twenty five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in an
account that belongs to one of our customers who died along with his
entire family in 1988 Lockerbie Pan American Airline plane crash. Since
we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applied for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking procedures, but unfortunately to no avail
andnobody has come forward to claim the money.

Therefore, upon this discovery that I and other two officials in my
department now decide to establish a cordial business relationship with
you,hence my contacting you.

We want you to purportedly present your good self as the next of kin or
relation of the deceased so that we can release the fund (money) into
your account for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
coming for it and again we do not want the money to go into the
government account as unclaimed bill .The banking law and procedures
herein stipulates that any accounts abandoned or dormant for a period of
some years is subject to be closed and all money contained therein will
be forfeited to the government treasury account. Now it is being
speculated that the above sum will be transferred into government
treasury account as unclaimed fund on or before May 2004. The reason for
you to present your good self as the next of kin is occasioned by the
fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner.

Mode of Sharing After the successful completion of the transfer is as
follows, for the role you will be expected to play in the whole
exercise, we have agreed to give you Thirty (30%) of the total sum,and
10% has been set aside for the expenses we are going to encounter by
both parties in the process of this transaction and the remaining 60%
shall be for my colleagues and I in support of the aforementioned, you
are urged to reply this letter indicating your readiness and interest to
participate in the business.

After your reply, you will be advised on the next step afterwards. I
quite believe that you will protect our interest by keeping this
business top secret and confidential. Your interest will be equally
protected, as we must maintain maximum confidentiality. Trust to hear
from you on the above TEL NO.OR THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS
“cliffith2@yahoo.com”

Count on your earliest reply.

Thanks

Yours faithfully
MR. CLIFFORD SMITH

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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